How to Act Human: Advice for Mitt Romney From Inside the Actors Studio
By Joe Coscarelli
Following up on his acting advice for Mitt Romney, delivered right here on Daily Intel, "master thespian" James Lipton reviewed last night's debate performances on NOW With Alex Wagner. Romney, he explained, has been "that boss who makes lame jokes at which we are compelled to laugh at the peril of our jobs," but "last night he more or less erased that image." For Obama, Lipton added, "split-screens are dangerous," describing the damaging ways "he looked down, he looked away, he looked uncomfortable." After all, "This is not politics," Lipton said. "This is performance."
"It was the face-off in 'High Noon,'" the "Inside the Actors Studio"
Inside the Actors studio hostJames Lipton saw shades of film history in Tuesday night’s presidential debate, sayingPresident Obama was like a hero from a western.
Appearing on MSNBC’sHardball With Chris Matthewson Wednesday, Lipton took note of a skirmish between Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, in which Romney asserted the president delayed on calling an attack on an American consulate in Libya a terrorist attack. Obama told Romney to proceed with his train of thought, and the Republican’s statement was then deemed inaccurate by moderatorCandy Crowley.
“It was the face-off in High Noon. And the President of the United States was Gary Cooper,” Lipton toldChris Matthews. “At that moment, he became a hero, I think”
Lipton also characterized Romney as disrespectful for telling Obama “you’ll get your chance” when the president attempted to break in on Romney’s comments during a discussion about drilling on federal land.
“It is rude. It’s inexcusable,” Lipton said. “I think it’s a very, very sad day when the presidency, which has been under fire since Nixon — and particular this president — can be treated this way by someone who is an American citizen.”
Lipton previously appeared on MSNBC to critiqueClint Eastwood’s Republican National Convention speech, which he gave poor marks, saying it was “not his best performance.”
Inside the Actors Studio, currently in its 19th season, airs on Bravo.
James Lipton on Mitt Romney: ‘He’s a boss’
By KEVIN ROBILLARD | 10/23/12 1:44 PM EDT
After months of trying to pin down the “phantom” that is Mitt Romney, James Lipton said Tuesday he had finally located “the real Romney:” He’s a boss.
“What the challenger is offering us, in the end, is a boss,” the “Inside the Actor’s Studio” host declared on MSNBC’s “Now With Alex Wagner.” “We’ve talked about the semiotics of it before. There are lots of nicer words for a boss: CEO … job creator — with that wonderful second word that has kind of a religious aura to it, capitalize that ‘C’ and a halo appears.”
“He’s a boss,” Lipton continued. “It’s the common word for the common thing. The boss can be benign, he can be malevolent, he can be revered, he can be loathed. But that’s really what he’s offering us.”
Lipton, who has made a series of appearances on MSNBC to evaluate the debates from the perspective of a drama critic, said his “adventure” to find the Republican nominee’s core made him sympathize with President Barack Obama.
“Romney is as elusive as a phantom,” Lipton said. “The minute you think you’ve got him pegged, he disappears in a puff of smoke and mirrors. I think that’s annoying to a debater. When you prepare for a debate and somebody else shows up, it’s very disconcerting.”
The creator and host of Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio” believes the public has a hard time believing the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s persona because he comes across as inauthentic.
Lipton, whose own delivery Will Ferrell lampooned regularly on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” says the former Massachusetts governor’s audience would relate better to him if he simply relaxed and presented his genuine self.
“Well now that it appears you’re going to get the Republican nomination, I would propose to you that you relax,” Lipton advised Romney in a video posted on New York Magazine’s website. “Only then, can you begin to get in touch with yourself, and only when you get in touch with yourself will your audience begin to be in touch with you.
“That seems to be the problem,” Lipton added.
Though voters give the White House hopeful high marks for his perceived management skills, they are nearly twice as likely (60% to 31%) to say President Obama is the more likable of the two presidential candidates, according to a Gallup poll released last week.
Lipton’s suggestions for Romney include learning to laugh more naturally and losing the “failed mash-up” of pressed blue jeans and white dress shirt the Republican tends to sport on the stump.
According to Lipton, Romney’s best chance to connect with voters is to be who he is in real-life — and to stop trying to come across as “a common man.”
The host of the Emmy-nominated series suggests Romney emulate former President Ronald Reagan, who appeared in more than 50 films and served as president of the Screen Actors Guild.
“Ronald Reagan wasn’t an authentic common man either, but he was an authentic SAG-card-carrying actor,” wrote Lipton in a column that accompanies the video. “The lesson of Reagan is that, whatever his politics and legacy, there was always only one of him.”